16/12/09

French ambassador Bernard de Montferrand confers the title ‘Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters’ upon Prof. Dr. h. c. Reinhold Würth

Künzelsau. On behalf of the French Minister of Culture, the French ambassador to Germany, Bernard de Montferrand, named Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters on 14 December 2009. The ceremony was held in Künzelsau-Gaisbach.

With this title, France recognizes Reinhold Würth’s exemplary cultural commitment in both Germany and France. In 2000, Professor Würth was already made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Art is an integral part of Reinhold Würth’s life - a passion he shares with his wife Carmen. Together they founded a charitable trust to support projects in the fields of art, culture, research, education and science. In his 14 museums, Reinhold Würth opens his art collection of more than 12,000 works to the public, but above all to his employees.

The ambassador called Professor Würth a great friend of France. In 2008, the latest Würth museum of contemporary art was opened in Erstein near Strasbourg; the building was designed by French architects. Two experts on the French art scene are members of the Würth Group’s Art Advisory Board, which was founded in 2004: Werner Spies, the former director of Musée National d’Art Moderne at Centre Georges Pompidou, and Fabrice Hergott, director of Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. In addition, Reinhold Würth supports the Franco-German cultural institutes in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart.

Please find more information on the Order of Arts and Letters at:

http://www.botschaft-frankreich.de/spip.php?article63&var_recherche=legion%20d%27honneur